About Us

About Us
Tar River Sail and Power Squadron (TRSPS)

The Tar River Power Squadron was formed in 1983 as an offshoot of the Kinston Power Squadron. As an active member of District 27 and the United States Power Squadronsâ (USPS), it grew to more than 100 local members from the Greenville and Washington, NC areas.  In 1999, national USPS agreed to incorporate the word "sail" in the squadron name, thus we became "The Tar River Sail and Power Squadron" (TRSPS). In May 2000, the squadron's phenomenal growth led many Washington, NC members to found the Pamlico Sail and Power Squadron. While the ranks were almost halved in number, by February 2002 the squadron had grown to 66+ active and family members. Our squadron continues to attract active new members through its primary objective as a non-profit safe boating educational organization. Members are justifiably proud of its heritage and dedication to safe boating, self-education, civic service and social activities.

Our member provide Civic Service by providing the Boating course at least twice a year to the public and member reporting of corrections and additions to nautical charts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These reports assist in keeping charts up to date for all mariners.

Regular monthly membership meetings offer programs that are interesting and instructive as well provide opportunity to meet socially with other members. In addition, social affairs and rendezvous are a regular part of the calendar with a number of coastal and inland events.

District 27

The Tar River Sail and Power Squadron is one of 20 squadrons in District 27 of USPS, all but one  of which is located completely in North Carolina. The District sponsors three (3) district meetings throughout the year, including the District Change of Watch in March, a Summer Council meeting in June and Fall Council meeting in October to which all TRSPS members are invited. These meetings are held at major hotels in North Carolina and begin with hospitality suite socials on Friday evenings. A business meeting and another social follow on Saturday.

United States Power Squadrons (USPS)â

The United States Power Squadronsâ was organized in 1914 as a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS has some 45,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America's largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions.

Squadron Burgee 

The black wave is symbolic of the Tar River which runs through Greenville and Washington, NC.
The red is symbolic of a new day dawning.
The fouled anchor is symbolic of the nautical tradition of USPS.
The burgee is meant to be a distinct and easily recognizable symbol while flying proudly from boating members of the Tar River Power Squadron.
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